I took Mrs. C and a friend to this place when I discovered that Café Europa (formerly Clove on Denman) is now a Japanese restaurant. I saw a local lounging on his bicycle nearby, and asked about the demise of the café. He said, “Why don’t you try the noodle place across the street? It’s great!” I thought this guy sounded enthusiastic, so we gave LN a try. There is no real signage to mark this place, and it was not easy to find.
We wedged ourselves into the tiny restaurant and were seated at a puny booth. I begged for a larger table, and was told that one might soon be available.
We ordered the onion pancake appetizer with peanut sauce and the chive stuffed pancake. Both were excellent, and I had some Great Wall wine to wash it down. I thought the only Chinese wine was mau tai, but this was a red wine. It wasn’t great, but when in Rome…
I had the lamb and cumin with sliced noodles, and my companions had beef flank in thin noodle soup and dumplings in thin noodle soup. This place is all about the noodles, and they didn’t disappoint. They were amazing, but the rest of the meal left something to be desired. All the dishes were WAY too salty. If they fix that, the food would be better.
The servers seemed like they wanted to be somewhere else, but they were competent. I found the ambience to be a little cramped, and the w/c was not super terrific. The cooking area is beside the rear booths, and it was fun to watch the cooks play with the noodles, so you get a show with dinner.
Will I be back? Probably, but this place could use improvement.